The new generation B-21 Raider stealth bomber is believed by Pentagon officials to help the US maintain a great advantage over Russia.
The long-awaited launch ceremony for the new generation of US
B-21 Raider stealth bombers according to the announcement will certainly take place later this year as planned.
This information was given by Senator Mike Rounds – a Republican from South Dakota, who visited Northrop Grumman Corporation’s B-21 Raider stealth strategic bomber production facility in Palmdale, California, last week.
Rounds said that the
B-21 Raider will be ready for the launch ceremony later this year, the project is happening on time and on budget. The bomber is expected to make its first flight in 2023. According to a representative of the US Air Force and manufacturer Northrop Grumman, the B-21 Raider will be a dual-function stealth bomber, capable of penetrating enemy defenses through nuclear or conventional weapons. often. Furthermore, future stealth bombers will be able to deploy a variety of frontal-attack munitions, including air-guided bombs and out-of-point air defense missiles.
The B-21 Raider is expected to be part of a larger family of manned and unmanned aircraft systems, specializing in long-range attack, with intelligence gathering, surveillance and reconnaissance functions. ISR), electronic attacks and communications… “The B-21 is being designed with an open systems architecture to reduce integration risks and facilitate future modernization efforts, allowing the aircraft to evolve as the combat environment changes. change,” the US Air Force website states. The US Air Force wants the Raider to operate from 2025, it is commented that it looks a lot like the B-2 Spirit has planned for retirement because it is too expensive, the estimated cost of the B-21 is currently about 600 million USD, the Incredible numbers with an advanced stealth bomber.
The Pentagon plans to purchase a minimum of 100 B-21 Raiders as it upgrades its bomber fleet to the fifth generation. They will operate with the B-52 Stratofortresses and B-1B Lancer during the period. intercept time. Senator Rounds was given access to the B-21 Raider production facility because the plane would be based in his state. In June 2021, the US Air Force selected Ellsworth Air Force Base as the first site where the B-21 Raider will be stationed. “We are getting closer to bringing this state-of-the-art combat platform to its permanent place of deployment, which is Ellsworth Air Force Base,” Senator Rounds told Stars and Stripes. On July 20, another senator spoke about the importance of maintaining a strong U.S. bomber strike Squadron at Ellsworth Air Force Base.
“For now, my priority is to ensure Ellsworth remains a responsive and lethal component of Global Strike Command, with B-1 bombers using missiles beyond the range of air defenses and missiles. long-range anti-ship missile,” said Republican Senator John Thune from South Dakota. “And as I look to the future, I am working to ensure the base continues to receive adequate funding for the wide range of equipment and support vehicles needed to service the Ellsworth-based B-21 Raider,” he said. Thune added. American military and political officials are confident that the B-21 Raider will help them maintain the superiority that the B-2 Spirit has held over the years, because such an attack vehicle is something that Russia would never have. have been.